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Saturday, 30 June 2012

Rhubarb and Ginger Zinger!

Urvashi Roe, The Botanical Baker, set a challenge for us foodie bloggers to come up with a Summer Cocktail.  I was inspired in my cocktail making by two particular blogs:  Chocolate Log Blog  where Choclette made a Rhubararella with homemade rhubarb shnapps and The Paupered Chef's Homemade Rhubarb Syrup and 'Rhubarb Daisy' 

I thought about making the schnapps, but somehow it was the Homemade Rhubarb Syrup that appealed to me.  The recipe is just sooooo easy: two cups sugar, two cups water, 6 or 7 stalks of rhubarb, washed trimmed and finely sliced.  Check out the method, also extremely easy, at The Paupered Chef.   I sterilised a jar and have been storing the glorious pink stuff in the fridge waiting for the weekend to come around again.

Rhubarb and Ginger Zinger

250ml Rhubarb Syrup
1 small orange
bottle of Crabbies Alcoholic Ginger Beer or a bottle of non-alcoholic ginger beer

1 slim stick of rhubarb
1 strawberry
some mint
cocktail stick or skewer

1. Cut the orange in half, squeeze one half and put the juice in the bottom of a tall glass. Cut a slice from the other half of the orange and make a cut into it so it will sit on the glass.
2. Take the stalk of rhubarb, split the top downwards with a knife several times until it starts to splay out, put it cut side down into a glass of iced water (this will help it to bend)
3. Pour 250ml Rhubarb Syrup into the glass
4. Top up with Crabbies AGB or, for a non-alcoholic cocktail, ordinary ginger beer.
5. Remove the rhubarb stick from the water, dry with kitchen paper and place with the 'flower' upwards into the glass.
6.Thread the strawberry and mint onto the cocktail stick or skewer (I used a bbq skewer and cut it to size) and lay across the top of the glass
7. Add the slice of orange and enjoy.

The rhubarb can be used to mix the ingredients before drinking, but it's fun to leave the layers of different ingredients showing when you serve.

Cocktails always make me think of the 1920s, so I thought I would share this photo I found when I was visiting my mum recently.  I would be about 19 and was part of a 'float' for the local festival parade.  My mother was always roping me into these things and the costume was really fun to wear.  CHEERS!

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At 30 June 2012 at 20:24 , Blogger Marmaduke Scarlet said...

Bl**dy lovely! This sounds divine!

At 30 June 2012 at 21:04 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

Oooohhh JANICE - you wee flapper you! I DID laugh when I saw this! GREAT recipe BUT the photo steals the show! Karen xxx

At 30 June 2012 at 21:08 , Blogger Rebecca Subbiah said...

love this post and you look great

At 30 June 2012 at 21:14 , Blogger A Little Bit of Heaven on a Plate said...

Lovely recipe and the flapper photo steals the show for me. xxx

At 30 June 2012 at 21:18 , Blogger Lyndsey said...

Yum! Two of my favorite flavors. Fun photo!!

At 30 June 2012 at 21:51 , OpenID anyoneforseconds said...

Fab recipe and photo Janice :) Have to agree with karen, the photo steals the show!

Giles @anyone4seconds

At 30 June 2012 at 21:54 , Blogger Angelnorth said...

Mmmm, sounds lovely and our rhubarb is doing well so this may be on the cards! You made a fab flapper!

At 30 June 2012 at 22:52 , Blogger Choclette said...

Ha ha, great photo. Drink sounds fabulous too. thanks for the mention.

At 1 July 2012 at 06:59 , Blogger Wendy@The Omnivorous Bear said...

Fabulous! Right now a glass of that would go down a treat!

At 1 July 2012 at 15:52 , Blogger Jacqueline said...

What a lovely photo Janice and I love your zinger. I have all the ingredients too, abeit the rhubarb is in the freezer.

At 1 July 2012 at 18:21 , Blogger Baking Addict said...

Fab cocktail but even more fabulous photo!! Love it! XX

At 1 July 2012 at 20:18 , Blogger Traceyr said...

Showing a lot more than a "glimpse of stocking" but hey "anything goes!" great fun photo Janice. Not sure I would like the cocktail though, not keen on rhubarb haha. :)

At 1 July 2012 at 22:56 , Blogger Homemade by Fleur said...

That drink looks incredible! I do love a good cocktail and this is so pretty. With the classic combo of rhubarb and ginger I don't think you can go wrong. The picture of you is fantastic too. X

At 2 July 2012 at 16:57 , Anonymous Jill Colonna said...

love the costume, Janice! As for that ginger and rhubarb zinger - this is my kind of combo. LOVE! I am also dying to try Crabbie's ginger beer. Just heard of it recently since already love cooking with the green ginger wine...Cheers!

At 2 July 2012 at 20:06 , Anonymous Kellie@foodtoglow said...

Look at you and your cute costume! Pink like your lovely, unique drink. Loving the inclusion of a bit of Crabbies. This really sounds a delicious treat of a drink. I'm in Spain now but I would live to make this upon my return to Scotland. If I'm not having to make hot chocolate or some such warming drink ...

At 4 July 2012 at 15:04 , Anonymous laura@howtocookgoodfood said...

This is just so good! I love it and must make it. Perfect mixture of flavours :)


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